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a special squad of law-enforcement or military officers trained for quick raids in violent or dangerous situations; also called [swat squad]
SWAT 'special weapons and tactics'
A police unit wearing military-like uniforms and using military assault weapons on assignments requiring extraordinary coordination and force: When the terrorists took over the whole building, the commissioner sent in the SWAT team
[1969+; fr acronym of special weapons and tactics used as a modifier]